BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Jim Djema's game-high 28 points the Rams of Suffolk University handed men's basketball a 79-69 loss Tuesday evening at Regan Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 69, Suffolk University 79
UMass Boston (5-5)
Suffolk University (5-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite a career-high 24 points from Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) the Beacons were unable to take down the Rams in their final road game of 2017. Suffolk led for most of the contest, and held-off a pair late runs by the Beacons as they survived with the 10-point win.
Mitchell's night consisted of an 8-for-19 showing from the field, and a 4-for-10 performance from 3-point range. At the line the Boston native finished 4-for-5 to cap-off another standout game for the guard.
Along with Djema's 28 points, the Rams also got a push from Thomas Duffy who finished with 20 points, to go along with five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
In the first half, the two rivals exchanged baskets for nearly 18 minutes. It was not until the 1:58 mark that the Rams gained some breathing room on the scoreboard thanks to a quick 4-1 run to close out the half (35-28).
After the break, the Rams pushed their lead to double-figures after a 9-2 run made it 44-30 less than four minutes in. That run would be all the Rams would need as they held on to their comfortable lead for the remainder of the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Suffolk shot 53.1% from the field, and 40.9% from behind the arc, while the Beacons finished shooting 39.7% and 27.8% respectively
- The Rams held a 37-32 advantage on the glass
- A season-high three Beacons fouled out of Tuesday's contest, as the two teams were whistled for a combined 51 fouls
- All-time the Beacons are now 20-9 against the Rams
- The win for Suffolk marked their first over the Beacons since the 2007 season, and ended UMB's nine-game win-streak
The Beacons will host Eastern Nazarene College on Thursday at 5 p.m.